Opening Day at the Del Mar Races 2019 is July 17th

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Opening Day at the Del Mar Races 2019

Wedneday July 17th

 

The 2019 annual thoroughbred racing season at the Del Mar Race Track begins soon, with Opening Day in less than 2 weeks.

 

Thoroughbred racing at the Del Mar Race Track opens Wednesday July 17th at the famous Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar California, running through Labor Day on September 2nd, with the exception of Mondays (other than Labor Day) and Tuesdays.

 

Del Mar Throughbred Horse Racing

 

Thoroughbred horse racing at Del Mar is a hugely popular event for residents and visitors alike, with spectators from all over Southern California, and around the country. Thoroughbred racing has been popular at the Del Mar race track for decades, with big crowds, and plenty of famous, not so famous, and maybe even infamous, people.

 

Del Mar thoroughbred racing has always been a favorite scene to spy Hollywood celebrities, and the Del Mar Races are still a popular celebrity-sighting venue each summer, in particular on Opening Day, a celebration that many San Diegans consider the biggest social event of the summer season.

 

Opening Day at Del Mar includes the always-popularOpening Day Hats Contest” where you can show off your hat in the Plaza de Mexico between 11:30 am and 3 pm; there is no cost to take part, you just need a great hat! Cash prizes (1st, 2nd and 3rd) totaling more $5000 are awarded in 5 categories - Most Glamorous, Best Racing Theme, Most Outrageous, Best Fascinator and Best Flowers.

 

Hat Contest participants can only take part in 1 category and there is no fee to show off your creations. All contestants will also receive 2 free admission passes for a later date.

 

Post time is 2 pm (4 pm on Fridays)! Gates open 2 hours beforehand – get there early, as you can expect parking to get crowded. Another option is to take the Coaster Train to the Solana Beach Train Station, with free shuttles to and from the track on double-decker busses (we did this one year with a group – it was lots of fun and easy). There’s also an Uber Zone for drop-offs and pick-ups at the track.

 

In addition to the ponies, there are multiple concerts, parties, and other special events including Reggae Fest with Ziggy Marley on July 20th,the Uncorked Wine Fest on July 27th, the Food Truck Festival on August 10th, and so much more.

 

A shorter racing season was added several years ago, and in 2019 runs from November 8th through the December 1st (no racing on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays).

 

You can purchase Del Mar Race Track tickets online.

 

As with our San Diego County Fair, there is heavy nearby traffic when traveling the 5 freeway, and on the Coast Road, as well as major side streets like Via de la Valle, especially on opening day, in addition to the summer crowds in the Del Mar area in general.

 

Del Mar Races 2019

2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard

(Via de la Valle exit off the 5 freeway)

Del Mar, California

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James Dray
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Morning Jeff.

I went to the horse races in Hot Springs, Arkansas once.  It just wasn't my cup of tea

Jul 07, 2019 12:57 AM #1
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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We have a group of people that goes to Arlington Park in Illinois every year to watch the races...and sometimes even win !  It's a day of fun in the sun we look forward to annually.

Jul 07, 2019 02:58 AM #2
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Jeff Dowler, CRS - What a nice localism post! In addition to the beaches, your area is filled with other activities that others may enjoy. 

You did a great job on this post!

Jul 07, 2019 04:24 AM #3
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Jeff... I've only ever been to Belmont in New York and it was fun. Here in the Charlotte area we have the annual Queens Cup Steeplechase, but I don't know how much other racing is available despite the fact that we have lots "horse country" in the area.

Jul 07, 2019 05:25 AM #4
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Jeff. Have not been to the horse races in years, but grew up near Arlington Park and remember the traffic jams on racing days. Enjoy your day!

Jul 07, 2019 06:45 AM #5
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Do you go to these races?  The guy from the sports radio show that I always listen to is always talking about it.  Perhaps the next time I am in town, you and I can go to the races?  Maybe even Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI and Michael Jacobs will join us?

Jul 07, 2019 06:55 AM #6
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Jeff Dowler, CRS - it is certainly well known and a great destination.

Jul 07, 2019 11:38 AM #7
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Jeff Dowler, CRS We will join the crew if Brian England is posting all the bet money for us!

Jul 07, 2019 12:07 PM #8
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Roy Kelley
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Good Sunday afternoon, Jeff.

Enjoy the races and have an outstanding summer.

Jul 07, 2019 01:25 PM #9
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Jeff I have never been to a live horse race, but it is on my bucket list as one of the things to do in the near future.

Jul 07, 2019 03:06 PM #10
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Jeff - I have been to the Del Mar fair grounds but have never been to a horse race. There or elsewhere. 

Jul 07, 2019 03:35 PM #11
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Hi James Dray 

I know a number of peple who could care less about horse racing. It's pretty popular with some but not all. I enjoyed going but not something I want to do every year.

Jeff

Jul 08, 2019 08:46 AM #12
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I suspect it's a lot more fun to go with a group Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

The time we went was with about 20 people.

Jeff

Jul 08, 2019 08:47 AM #13
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Thanks Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  - it's a pretty big deal here, every year.

I've heard of that event Nina Hollander , and certainly know about the Belmont.

Jeff

Jul 08, 2019 08:49 AM #14
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Hi Wayne Martin - that seems to be true of racing venues!

Brian England - In all the years we have been here I have only been once. But I sure would go again if you came out, and getting a group together would be fun!

Jeff

Jul 08, 2019 08:52 AM #15
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It seems to be a bigger deal every year Grant Schneider , at least if the traffic s any indicator!

Jeff

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We have pools Jeff Dowler, CRS .  At the start everyone puts in $20 and starting from oldest to youngest  person places bet(s) as they wish and at the end...the winnings buy dinner or ...:)

Jul 08, 2019 08:55 AM #17
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